In an abundance of public caution, the City of Longton is taking several proactive steps to combat and limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic locally.

Effective March 19, 2020 the City Hall located at 501 Kansas will be closed to the public.

City Clerk will be available by phone (620) 642-2225 or email during regular business hours.

For payments, please us the drop box located on the front door or regular mail. If you must make a cash payment, you may drop your payment in the drop box during regular business hours and the city clerk will collect it immediately.


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History & Facts

Longton is a city in Elk County, Kansas along the Elk River.
  • Founded:  1870
  • Population:  362
  • Latitude:  37° 22' 40" N
  • Longitude:  96° 4' 50" W
Longton was originally named Elk Rapids but was renamed after a village in England to avoid confusion with nearby Elk Falls & Elk City.  Herbert Capper, father of Arthur Capper, former govenor, senator and founder of Capper's Weekly, named the town.  Herbert Capper owned the first hardware store in Longton.
The discovery of the Longton oil field in 1902 led to a brief period of boom times for the town.
There is more about
Longton's history in the 1912 book, "Kansas, a cyclopedia of State History" by Frank W. Blackmar.

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